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Scott, Broncos cruise to 42-13 victory

With Denton running back Xavier Scott running away with most of the headlines in the Broncos’ first two games of the season, it can be easy to overlook their formula for their success. Scott had another gaudy stat line on Friday against Granbury, rushing for 275 yards and four touchdowns, but the Broncos’ defense did much of the work in their 42-13 victory.

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Football: Focused Scott ramps up conditioning

Managing just over 80 yards in the first half of Denton’s season-opening 56-6 thrashing of Wilmer-Hutchins, running back Xavier Scott found himself trying to do too much.

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Scott, Atkinson spark Denton in 56-6 rout

As Denton transitions into the beginning of its season, they have several questions to answer as they look to emulate last season’s historic start. The Broncos had several holes to fill on defense, and the offensive line that was decimated due to graduating seniors is looking to cement itself around new starting quarterback Colt Atkinson.

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Football: Denton seeks solid start

The Denton Broncos will be hard-pressed to replicate last season’s historic start that saw them reach 6-0 to begin the season — which they hadn’t done since 1987 — but if they want to get off to as solid start, they’ll have to establish themselves against Wilmer-Hutchins at 7 tonight at Bronco Field.

Volleyball roundup: Lake Dallas stays on top at tourney

GRANBURY — The Lake Dallas Lady Falcons continued their undefeated run in the Granbury tournament Friday as they took down Seminole 25-19, 25-16, Lubbock 25-15, 26-24 and Burleson Centennial 25-15, 25-13.


Football: Denton toting 2015 preparation plan to scrimmage tonight

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson has made a point to focus his team on fundamentals, with a concentration on conditioning in the early part of the season.

Volleyball: Denton downs Liberty Christian

ARGYLE — Through the handful of preseason games, coaches have been approaching Denton coach Danielle Kading with high praise.


Football: Atkinson helps carry load while Scott is limited

Denton running back Xavier Scott can do only so much during the Broncos’ opening fall practice of the season.

Volleyball: Ryan visits Little Elm to kick off new season

Another volleyball season is set to get underway today when Ryan travels to Little Elm to open the season in new Ryan head coach Nicholas Gay’s first game as the Lady Raiders’ head coach.On Tuesday, most...

Football: Broncos building playbook

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson looks at the beginning of fall football camp that kicks off early Monday like cooking a meal. Before he can make his meal, he stocks the cupboard with ingredients.

Volleyball: Lake Dallas to host preseason tournament

CORINTH — Lake Dallas will host a preseason tournament Saturday, two days before teams from all classifications are allowed to hold their first organized regular-season workouts.

Football: Coaches focus on tackling to improve safety

Matt Fischer knows his job as a middle school coach for Denton ISD, a hotbed for Texas football talent, has always been more about teaching the basics and maximizing participation than winning games.


Denton’s Curtis commits to Clemson

Denton’s Emily Curtis has dedicated much of her life to volleyball, with the dream of playing for a Division I college program.

Denton High grad preps for rodeo finals

The next time Ethan Hilliard squeezes his lower torso around a bronco, he’ll be in an unfamiliar chute with a different colt, and his heart will be pumping a lot faster.

Soccer: Denton promotes Hilborn to head job

With several seniors headed for graduation after winning Denton’s first district title since 2007 and coach Ryan Dunlevy headed for Coppell, assistant coach Peter Hilborn has been tasked with continuing an uptick in soccer tradition, as he was officially named boys head coach last week.

Dunlevy out as Broncos’ head coach

After coaching the Denton boys soccer team to its first district title since 2007 and a berth in the Class 5A Region I semifinals, head coach Ryan Dunlevy resigned, effective June 5.

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Soccer: Sport is more than a game to Denton senior Chris Torres

As a little kid, Denton’s Chris Torres and the game of soccer were inseparable. From the age of 4, Torres has watched his love of soccer grow along with his skills.

Football: Broncos tackle Atkinson's plan

After making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, the Denton Broncos finally have a system in place under coach Kevin Atkinson.

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State notebook: Denton boys falter despite fast time

AUSTIN — It wasn’t the way Denton senior Juan Campos envisioned his high school athletic career coming to an end. Instead, Campos, the third leg on Denton’s 400-meter relay team, was being carted up the stairs at Mike A. Myers Stadium by medical personnel following the team’s last-place finish at the UIL state track and field meet.


Track and field: Broncos already know Austin

Even during football season, the Denton track team was talking about today’s Class 5A state track and field meet at Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

The Crouch Roo

Will Crouch signs a national letter of intent to play tennis for Austin College as his parents, Tim Crouch and Camille Milner, look on Wednesday at the Denton High School field house.. Crouch was the District 5-5A runner-up in singles and competed in the Class 5A Region I tournament in Lubbock.

Baseball: Birdville eliminates Denton

GRAND PRAIRIE — On one swing of the bat, Dimitri Cruz breathed life into the Denton Broncos as his two-run double and run scored on the ensuing error in right field gave them a 3-2 lead with two innings to play Saturday.

Baseball: Birdville blows by Broncos

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In the first game of a best-of-three Class 5A bi-district playoff series, Denton found itself in a speed contest against the District 6-5A champion Birdville.

Track and field: Denton relay foursome collects regional title

LUBBOCK — Denton coach Justin Schuff knew his runners had more in them after Friday’s prelims at the Class 5A Region I meet at the R.P. Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.

Baseball: Denton in playoffs for first time since ’07

In the top of the seventh with the Boswell Pioneers threatening to tie the game with the bases loaded after chasing Denton starter Malik Minter from the game, Denton coach Nick Buck didn’t see the full play, but as the ball hit off the Boswell bat, he thought the game would be tied at 4.

Track and Field: Denton redefining its goals for regional meet

The Denton Broncos boys track team set a goal from the very beginning of the season – to be district champions.

Football: Denton aims for another solid season

As the spring football season arrives today for the Denton Broncos after one of the most prolific seasons in program history, the coaches prepare for a miniature season of observing and evaluating while the players come together as a team and work on elevating their strength to new levels.

Softball: Saginaw swamps Denton

Yielding eight runs in the first two innings, Denton coach Rhana Ramos made a decision to change up Natasha Kissell’s pitching attack, calling for a more aggressive approach to the strike zone while lowering how high she threw.


Baseball: Staying-in Folsom

When Denton pitcher Wyatt Folsom saw coach Nick Buck making the slow walk from the Broncos’ dugout to the mound in the seventh inning after he hit a batter and allowed two singles and three runs, he thought he was getting pulled.

Tennis: Crouch falls in match vs. top seed

A day before Monday’s Class 5A regional tournament at McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, with uncertainty of not knowing who he would play, Will Crouch joked to his hitting partner about being matched against the top-seeded player out of Everman in the first round.

Tennis: Confidence keys Crouch’s game

In the game of tennis, having confidence in every part of your game is crucial according to Denton’s Will Crouch.

Golf: Mercer records 89

Patrick Mercer and Denton coach Mick Maxey had a plan heading into the second day of Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock.

Golf: Denton’s Mercer struggles on greens

On the first day of the Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, Denton’s Patrick Mercer had two-thirds of his game clicking — his driver and his irons.

Baseball: Rider upends Denton

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Denton Broncos have been coming together as a team and coach Nick Buck likes how they have battled, but time is ticking for the Broncos as they head down the stretch of their District 5-5A schedule.

Golf: Lady Broncos take 10th at regional

After high winds and cold rain suspended play for the last six holes of the opening round of the Class 5A Region I tournament at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock on Monday, the Denton Lady Broncos looked to finish what they started.

Golf: 5A Region I tournament suspended due to rain

The Class 5A Region I tournament at the Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock fell victim to the weather and winds as play was suspended at 2 p.m. on Monday.

Golf: Denton girls look to keep level head

For the Denton girls golf team, projecting its success is a mental challenge, but head coach Mick Maxey implored his team to act as if it had already won its district tournament.

Boys soccer: Bel Air bounces Broncos

WICHITA FALLS — After pulling a win out of the fire of a shootout in their previous Class 5A playoff game, the Denton Broncos seemingly had the El Paso Bel Air Highlanders right where they wanted them Friday headed to extra time.

Softball roundup: Brewer tops Lady Broncos

FORT WORTH — The Denton Lady Broncos took a quick 1-0 lead Friday, but Fort Worth Brewer responded with three runs on the way to a 4-3 win.


Boys soccer: Not-so-sweet Memorial

The Denton Broncos have some harsh feelings toward Memorial Stadium, the site of today’s Class 5A Region I semifinal playoff game.

Golf: Denton’s Mercer to compete at regionals

Before each round of golf, Denton junior Patrick Mercer talks to his teammates, sometimes about physics or other subjects, but what he really prefers to do before playing to calm his nerves, help him focus and motivate him is listening to R&B music.

Tennis: Broncos' Crouch ready for next step

After winning his first two matches on the first day of the District 5-5A tournament at the Hurst Tennis Center on Tuesday, Denton’s Will Crouch would have been content ending his high school career with a win against Wichita Falls’ Graham Dunkelberg, knowing he was about to face top-seeded Jansan Rouillard from Wichita Falls Rider as a heavy underdog.


Soccer: Late-night thriller

JUSTIN — Coming from behind is nothing new for the Denton soccer team as it needed a late rally against Granbury in the area round last Friday to escape with the 2-1 win.

High school soccer playoffs resume tonight

The Denton Broncos and Lake Dallas Lady Falcons will try to secure berths in the Class 5A Region I soccer tournament tonight in the regional quarterfinal round of the UIL state playoffs.


Boys soccer: Broncos rally past Granbury

FORT WORTH — After a subpar first half Friday, the Denton Broncos were faced with a 1-0 deficit at Ranger Stadium and were frantically searching for the attack that propelled them to their first district title since 2007.

Softball: Kissell sparks Denton to win

Each time Denton was faced with a challenge Wednesday, the Lady Broncos were unfazed. With Natasha Kissell anchoring the defense and aiding Denton’s offensive rebuttals, the Lady Broncos found the answers to beat Wichita Falls 6-4 in a District 5-5A game.

Baseball: Broncos bitten by Coyotes

Denton unable to dig out of early hole in its loss to Wichita FallsConsistency is key in baseball. For the Denton Broncos, their lack of consistency in the white chalk of the batter’s box ended up costing...


Boys soccer: Sparkling display

JUSTIN — Denton senior Chris Torres and Feliciano Amaya have been friends since fourth grade, and that connection was on sparkling display in the Class 5A bi-district playoff game against Fort Worth Carter-Riverside.

Girls soccer: Lady Falcons thump Lady Broncos

The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.


Soccer: Prepare for postseason

The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.